Dr. Kelley Donham is the Third Speaker in Prairie Studies Series, "Chemical Contaminants in Our Environment"

Thu, 2013-01-24 04:09 pm

4:15 p.m., ARH 102, informal discussion with Professor Donham
7:30 p.m., ARH 102, lecture, "Intensive Livestock Production Systems: Occupational and Environmental Concerns"

On Wednesday, February 6, the Center for Prairie Studies is sponsoring a visit to campus by Dr. Kelley Donham, Professor and Associate Head for Agricultural Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Health in the College of Public Health, The University of Iowa. At 4:15 p.m., Dr. Donham will participate in an informal discussion about occupational and environmental health issues in Iowa agriculture, including issues relating to Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). At 7:30 p.m., also in ARH 102, he will present a lecture, "Intensive Livestock Production Systems: Occupational and Environmental Concerns." The public is invited to both events. Refreshments will be served.

Dr. Donham earned a B.S in Premedical Sciences and a M.S. in Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health from the University of Iowa, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University. He practiced veterinary medicine for several years before returning to the University of Iowa as a faculty member in 1973. He achieved the rank of full Professor in 1984.

At the University of Iowa, Dr. Donham developed an MS – PhD degree and Certificate program in Agricultural Safety and Health at the University of Iowa, the first and one of the few teaching programs today in agricultural medicine. The program focuses on specialty training for health care and occupational health professionals in health and safety issues in the farming community.

Dr. Donham's research has focused on occupational and environmental health concerns relative to intensive livestock housing, having conducted the original studies in this area beginning in 1974. In addition, he studies diseases of agricultural workers, particularly respiratory diseases, zoonotic infectious diseases, and intervention methods for prevention. He has published over 140 articles, three books, and numerous chapters in these areas. With co-author Anders Thelin of Sweden, he authored the first text book for the field, Agricultural Medicine: Occupational and Environmental Health for the Health Professions (Blackwell, 2006).